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. >> ashleigh, if you down size the pentagon politically, and that's what the president is going to do, it's not a bad idea the republicans think to have the republican at the helm because they're called soft on defense, et cetera, et cetera. when you're down sizing, have a republican lead the way. >> it makes for easier politics in some respects. let's switch to mr. brennan. this is another interesting choice and a lot of people have a lot of good things to say about john brenna. however, gler yeah, the n nomination process is problematic. the cv sounds terrific. when's the problem? >> i actually think that brennan will have a much easier time than chuck hagel. i think there are questions about how he felt about enhanced interrogation techniques as we call them, otherwise known as torture, during the bush administration. >> he didn't particularly dislike them, right? >> well no. he has come out and said he opposed them but there's also a question of using drones too much. there are a lot of democrats who believe that we've -- we're using drones too much so these questions are going to be
to barbara for a moment, barbara starr, our pentagon correspondent. what kind of feedback are you getting from folks over at the pentagon, barbara? >> reporter: well, at the pentagon, wolf, they know one of the major issues that chuck hagel is walking into when he comes there will be the budget, how to cut defense spending. and, you know, this is not -- this is a pentagon political issue inside the corridors of the pentagon. it requires managed expertise. does the secretary of defense really understand where the various political levers are in the pentagon that he needs to work on? where the influence is? how a budget is formed? who has the power? inside the military, in this very complex process and can he impact it? when you hire a secretary of defense, to some large extent you are hiring someone for that management expertise. the pentagon is one of the largest organizations in the world, and you need somebody who knows how to run it. that's what a secretary of defense does. the other big issue that he's walking into that people will be watching very closely, how he will advise on commi
is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may be able to win over some people. as you know, for instance, the comments where he said jewish lobby, when he
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, the pentagon is a huge organization. check. hagel cofounded a company called van guard cellular systems which made him a multimillionaire. and knowing how to get things done in washington. check on that. hagel served two terms as a u.s. senator from nebraska and served as deputy administrator of the veterans administration. plus he's a republican nominated by a democrat, so it sounds pretty perfect, right? today, president obama told the nation why he loved chuck hagel. >> in the senate, i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. >> his willingness to speak his mind, no, is part of what's getting him in trouble with members of both parties. david frum is with us and also with us doug wilson, form pentagon senior spokesman for president obama. he has been criticized for using the term jewish lobby. he used it in a 2006 interview and here is what he said, quote, the political reality is that the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i have always argued against the dumb thing
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice, and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> reporter: and we should also note that mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, the top republican here in the senate, made some softer comments on the other sunday talk shows. he was saying that chuck hagel will get some thorough vetting, will get tough kwequestions, bue was not talking about it in the same stark terms as senator graham. president obama is making this nomination with congress out of town, so there's also time for this nomination to melt away. we'll have to see. >>> i want to take a closer look now at the anti-israel claims against hagel through the eyes of a seasoned diplomat. nicholas burns is a former undersecretary of state. he joins us by phone. good morning, mr. ambassador. >> good morning. >> before we speak, i want to tell people exactly what hagel said that -- those comments that are haunting him today. in one stat
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presented. three levels of troop levels, the pentagon offered three alternatives and ben rhodes this week actually commented on the number saying the number could possibly be zero. what more recommendations is the president waiting for? >> you'll notice on the full screen we saw that john allen is talking about numbers in the range of six to about 20,000, so the president is talking about in the range of 3,000 to 9,000. that's a big, big gap and that translates into a big difference in the kind of forced posture we have in afghanistan. if you have somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 9,000 troops, that really translates into having troops on two different bases. and those bases are likely to be very far away from the provinces in the eastern part of afghanistan where the thick of the fighting happens. the whole premise of our presence in afghanistan we're going to help the afghan forces be able to stand up and prevent a taliban takeover. the problem is that if we're not embedded with those afghan forces, we're going to see a big flare-up of civil war in that country again. now, that
to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of i
, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u.s. troops leave afghanistan after 2014. and there are some who feel the white house 234r0floated this io sort of, you know, lay the ground work to get some perhaps concessions on some other issues that are important to the white house. in other words, more of a negotiati negotiati negotiating ploy. >> it's been
don lemon why his organization thinks hagel is the wrong man for the pentagon's top job. >> this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring implementation of open service takes place, he has a negave record on that, and i'm not just talking about one comment he made toward a former nominee, ambassador hormel. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and finally, not strong on nuclear weapons with israel. regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be secretary of defense. to use an army ka locloak weali he's a no go. >> he's independent, has wonderful fresh ideas to try to reengage the discussion about the middle east. i've known him before he went -- he was interested before he ran for the senate to learn more from me, grew up in israel and it was an amazing relationship, it started developing in the last 20 years, and i think that i support him wholeheartedly. >>> coming up at the half hour
announcement by the american navy warning about the dangers of this sign of drug. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is "outfront." >> reporter: it's a shocking video in which an actor plays an american sailor high on bath salts. he sees other sailors as demons, punches his girlfriend and gets wielded into the e.r., pinned down by paramedics. >> bath salts not only will jack up your family and your career. it will jack up your mind and your body too? the navy is increasing efforts to warn sailors after military doctors started seeing more cases. these bath salts don't have anything do with therapy like the salts you do at home. >> what we talk about are very potent synthetic drugs that are probably synthesized somewhere overseas, possibly china. >> this doctor has seen dozens of cases first hand. >> people act very pry mall, pry mall instincts. >> he's seen people who think they have super human strength and will almost impossible to do. >> we see rips out, the taser wires, they're impervious to pain. don't really feel anything. >> why are battle salts popular with troops? they're sol
. i'm not an israeli senator. hagel supported the pentagon's old don't ask, don't tell policy governing gays in the military, and in 1998 said of president clinton's openly gay nominee to be ambassador of luxembourg, quote, i think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay -- openly, aggressively gay like mr. hormel -- to do an effective job. last month more than 14 years later hagel apologized for those comments. mr. hormel said he was skeptical. let's just say if chuck hagel is nominated, set your tivo for the hearings. # senator lindsey graham is here next on hagel and the debt. yo, give it up, dude! up high! ok. don't you have any usefull apps on that thing? who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> i'm joined by republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina. senator, happy new year. thanks for being here
'm a united states senator. i'm not an israeli senator. hagel supported the pentagon's old don't ask, don't tell policy governing gays in the military, and in 1998 said of president clinton's openly gay nominee to be ambassador of luxembourg, quote, i think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay -- openly air, gressively gay like mr. hormel -- to do an effective job. last month more than 14 years later hagel apologized for those comments. mr. hormel said he was skeptical. if mr. hagel is nominated set your tivo for the hearings. senator lindsey graham is here next on hagel and the debt. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> i'm joined by republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina. senator, happy new year. thanks for being here. let me first talk about chuck hagel. you have said and predict that had very few republicans would vote for him. i w
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
the pentagon. the reason you don't have women in three and four-star ranks because they have career plans that don't usually require or would involve 30 years of service. it makes it pretty hard to have a family life and that's why a lot of women who might be qualified to be a three and four-star general or admiral choose not to go on that career path. now, you don't want to go with a trickle-up kind of thing where you force -- >> couldn't you say the same thing about men, because they have children, too, and responsibilities to their families? >> yes, they do, but again, i'm looking at the empirical evidence. women make different career choices so they are promoted at rates equal to or faster than men. this goes back decades. it's not changed. >> but the women entering the military are not making different career choices. they're entering the military. >> if you want to have a first female chairman of the joint chiefs, that is not a good enough reason, but if say general odierno wanted to give up his seat to a female general for the sake of diversity, he could do that right now. but why
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not
there are things in the pentagon you probably could deal with. i'm somebody who is a reaganite, i believe defense spending equates to capability. i don't want to shirk on weapon's capability or shirk on compensation for people putting their life on the line, but i have embraced what senator coburn wants to do, audit the pentagon. u.s. a very big bureaucracy. ask people who served on active duty in iraq, afghanistan, or on the home front. it's a big bureaucracy and a lot of times our military is successful in spite of the bureaucracy, but not because of it. i wouldn't say you can't look at defense, but if you think we'll balance the budget just by cutting defense, one, i don't think you can get there, but, two, we will be inviting danger from abroad, rather than protecting the people if we do that. >> you think we'll have a big fight over entitlements, social security, medicare? that will be coming up with the debt ceiling? part of the debt ceiling negotiations? >> i think we need to restructure some of the entitlements, get in the way that they are sustainable over the long term. whether it's via
leon panetta about the pentagon's budget. he said the military is being forced to prepare for the worse due to the threat of severe budget cuts that are set to kick in on march 1st. this is a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations which failed to end the process known as sequestration. he said it's threatening the pentagon's ability to defend the nation. >> all told, this uncertainty, if left unresolved by the congress, will seriously harm our military readiness. >> panetta said he is being forced to curtail facility maintenance for non-critical activities, to freeze the hiring of civilians and take additional cost-cutti inting measures. >>> a report by the justice department reveals more light on the secret service escort problem last year. overall nine secret service agents implicated in dealing with prostitutes resigned or retired from the service. >>> we could learn today if officials in washington, d.c. will bring charges against nbc. david gregory used a high capacity gun magazine as a prop last month during an interview duri daught with an nra member. >>> it is not every day you
of pulling all troops out of afghanistan. now the pentagon is pushing back, saying it could jeopardize any negotiating power with the taliban. >> the position we take in showing that we are going to continue to complete this mission, the better the chances we have to ultimately achieve political reconciliation. >> the pentagon was only the beginning of the afghan president's visit to washington. >> our meeting, i believe, helped -- will help lay the ground work for president karzai's discussions tomorrow with president obama. >> sources say president karzai and his defense minister brought a wish list to the pentagon, drones, helicopters, and hardware to support their security forces. >> what we talked about yesterday was, you know, let's move beyond a wish list of equipment. >> the u.s. want assurances the terrorists won't set up troops in afghanistan after the troops leave. karzai agreed. >> be able to provide security to these people. >> but a recent pentagon reports that the afghan border patrol relies on the u.s. for even its most basic needs, food and water. it's rife with illiteracy
, chuck hagel, to run the pentagon, president obama pulling out all troops by 2014, not leaving any military presence behind. that idea was floated at the white house earlier this week. we'll also talk to general stanley mcchrystal about that, and the weapons he used during his long career and whether civilians ought to be able to use weapons. you made headlines, what is your view when you see the military-style weapons in the hands of civilians? >> i spent a lifetime of carrying weapons, and firing a round at 3,000 feet per second. and when it hits human flesh it is devastating, designed to be that way. and that is what i want soldiers to carry. but i don't want those weapons around our schools or around our streets. i think that if we can't -- it is not a complete fix to just address assault weapons. but i think if we don't get very serious now when we see children being buried, then i can't think of a time when we should. >> so you don't buy the argument that the only good answer to a bad guy with a gun is good guy with a gun? >> i don't, and i think it is time we have a serious
operations in the world. that is according to a report by the pentagon. the report says iran's intelligence community has 30,000 people working for it, compared to just over 107 in the u.s. intelligence agencies and office. >> from the standpoint of u.s. western national security what is the most dangerous operation that iranian intelligence has its hand? >> well, i think the most dangerous thing is the terrorism. they have for decades now, developed networks with other terrorist groups, so they themselves don't necessarily have to do something. they can contract it out. they can encourage others to engage in terrorism against the united states and our allies. >> reporter: a former cia officer who tracked iranian intelligence through europe and the middle east says that iranian intelligence and security used to conduct most iranian-sponsored assassinations overseas. he says that unit killed ba kt iar, the former minister, assassinated in paris in 1991. but they say it has shifted to the iranian military unit part of the revolutionary guard. what is their big job now? >> they're primarily us
in the picture, all very visible. "outfront" tonight, charles blow and former pentagon official, rosa brooks. charles, let me start on this first hilda solis resigning. there's always a lot of turnover. there's one fewer woman in the cabinet. was very interesting that the white house then announced that a woman, an african-american and an asian were staying. so clearly this conversation is is being registered there. >> absolutely. i think that you would like to see as much diversity as possible. gender diversity, racial diversity, whatever else kind of diversity, in any cabinet, this one included. that said though, i think that you know, it's important to understand the entire context of what "the new york times" said in that story. one thing they said was that 46% of obama's appointees have been women and that's a very important issue. half of the people who work in the white house have been women. and that you know, he has had two big appointments, you know, the biggest thing a president can do is to nominate a supreme court justice. obama's had two shots. >> fair point. >> both have been
to deal with the drawdown of troops in iraq and footer cuts to the pentagon budget separate and apart from those discussed in the sequester. he has to get over this first big hurdle first. deb? >> all right, athena jones for us there in washington. thanks so much. >>> police in alabama may have prevented yet another school tragedy. this after a disturbing find at a teenager's home. dozens of homemade explosives and a journal full of plans to carry out an attack. it began when a teacher at russell county high school near georgia found the journal and called police. 17-year-old derrick shrout is faceings a felony charge of attempted assault. police discovered dozens of tobacco containers filled with shrapnel and holes for fuses. he was one step away from turning them into live grenades. if not for the journal, no one may have discovered the plot until it was too late. >> the journal contains several plans that look like potential terrorist attacks and attacks of violence and danger on the school. and in particular, there were six students specifically named and one teacher. >> his classmates
from defense spending to what to do about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> quiet in steubenville, ohio, today after days of media coverage centering on the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. both sides are preparing their case for a february 13th trial inform a case that has divided the small ohio town. the two 16-year-old high school football players are charged with sexual assaulting the girl last summer. the alleged attack took place at several parties over the course of a night and were well-documented by students who were there. the defense attorney for one accused teen spoke to our own susan candiotti and he claims a text message may be a crucial piece of evidence in the upcoming trial. attorney adam neeman would not show us the alleged text. the girl's attorney declined to comment on whether it was sent or not. >>> i spoke earlier with walter madison, a defense attorney for the other accused teen, malik richmond. has your client admitted to being there and admitted to being with this young woman on that night? >> well, subsequent to the photogra
hamid karzai is making the rounds in washington. today he stops by the pentagon for a meeting with leon panetta. he'll also see the pentagon's 9/11 memorial. the two men will discuss the american troop situation in afghanistan after the nato combat mission officially ends next year and of course tomorrow hamid karzai meets with president obama. >>> so it's a race against time to free a pack of killer whales trapped by ice. 11 of them trapped in a 50 foot by 50 foot space near a small canadian village in northern quebec. experts are headed there today to see if it's possible to save them but if the hole they're using to surface and breathe freezes over, the orcas will eventually die. earlier i asked william hurley of the georgia aquarium why these whales ended up there in the first place. >> we're seeing a lot of changes in the arctic. in this case it looks like these animals were probably looking for food and found themselves in a place they wouldn't normally be exploring and mother nature took a turn and brought the ice in quickly. this is one of the number one killers for marine mamma
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama will be an in-your-face term. >> so what are some of the issues? start with israel. as you heard, a number of his opponents, especially on the republican or conservative side think chuck hagel is not a friend of israel and point to his position on iran sanctions. they say because of his position that iran sanctions essentially aren't effective, that that is another point against him. also, from the liberal side, comments about a dozen, maybe 14 years ago, that chuck hagel made about a candidate for an ambassadorial position, where he called him openly and aggressively gay. now, chuck hagel has since apologized for that, but that also raises some haggles among some people on the more liberal side. not going to be a friendly reception up in the senate, however, the white house obviously thinks they can pull it off. >> an interesting confirmation hearing, that's for sure. >> let's talk a
concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equipment. he wants drones as well for surveillance purposes and these are things they're telling us not to expect any major break-through during the meetings. they'll have a bilateral meeting and a working lunch and then there will be a joint press conference. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house, of course we'll bring you president obama and hamid karzai's live news conference. wolf blitzer will anchor special cover annuage at 1:00 p.m. east time. >>> better news this morning about the flu. cnn's elizabeth cohen
to brief state department officials, white house officials, pentagon officials? they were not happy that you went there. >> we've sent a report. if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased pleased to brief them. you are here in washington. nobody has asked you to give an eyeball to eyeball report? >> i've sent a report in and if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased to talk to them. they were nervous about this trip, i know. but i've been going to north korea a long time and have had had substantial success and i think this trip was successful, mainly because of eric schmidt and google. forget the politics, forget foreign policy. the fact that we can talk about a free internet, free exchange of information, more mobile technology, there's a thirst around the world for this kind of technology and that's good because people are communicating with each other. >> let's see if they do anything about it. governor, thanks very much for coming in. >>> it's one of the hot button issues out there, the gun debate. what to do about background checks for gun buyers? we're taking a closer look at the
a spending problem. we need to do something about spending. let's not target only the pentagon and hospitals and doctors, which is what the sequester targets, but let's make smarter spending cuts to affect everybody from all walks of life, including corporate world and therefore we can do something to give our children a better future with less debt on their shoulders. that's the smarter card for the republicans to play. >> let me switch to you, james, on the chuck hagel nomination to be the next defense secretary. there's been some quiet murmuring, some complaining among democrats, not unusual, i should say. you've heard it as well. why can't a democratic president ask a democrat to be defense secretary? they go back to the clinton administration when president clinton invited william cohen, a republican to be defense secretary. then the obama administration, president obama asked robert gates, a republican to be defense secretary. then there was leon panetta. and now another republican, chuck hagel. what's wrong with democrats being defense secretary? >> right. actually, just as an histori
there at the white house. >>> the pentagon put on some pomp and circumstance for the afghan president, hamid karzai. he received a full welcome when he arrived last hour. following that, it was time to get down to business on troop levels in afghanistan. the pentagon trying to determine how many troops will remain after the end of combat operations in 2014. defense secretary leon panetta says the u.s. is committed to a secure afghanistan going forward. >> we have sacrificed together. that has created a bond that will not be broken in the future. >> tomorrow the president karzai meets with u.s. president barack obama. that's going to take place at the white house. there has been tension between the two in the past. we'll see how that know it. >>> next hour president obama will nominate his chief of staff to be the next treasury secretary. big job. he want jack lew to replace timothy geithner. lew has been a budget director for president obama and former president clinton. he also has experience with banks. the former chief operating officer for city groi group. he has a wife and two children. ali, g
on my show, colonel ellen herring, one of two women suing the pentagon for discrimination saying all the jobs should be open to everyone, men, women, the standards shouldn't be lowered, it should be one single standard. how can you help make that happen? >> well first of all, april makes ten years for me serving in the army national guard. we have women who have been serving in combat roles for a long time whether it has been under a combat title or not. if we look back to the civil war, we had women who were disguising themselves as men, so they could serve. we have in hawaii two brigades who have females who are serving in infantry units, and i think there is so much room for progress and we just need to make the connection from reality of the roles that women are already playing in our military and perception, where people don't have as close an understanding of the great contributions and sacrifices that women have been making for our country for a very long time. >> okay. >> that's what i'm excited about. i'm able to bring my own firsthand experience, my own deployments to the f
's a pleasure to be with you this morning. >>> president obama may be ready to name a new chief at the pentagon. sources tell cnn that the president is likely to nominate republican chuck hagel as defense secretary next week, former senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. the president has called hagel a patriot who is doing an outstanding job as a member of the white house intelligence advisory board. some critics have blasted hagel over a lack of support for sanctions against iran and for opposing the surge of troops in iraq under the bush administration. >> now to a possible mechlta cu from lance armstrong. "the new york times" is reporting that he is considering an admission of using performance enhancing drugs. his attorney says he is not in talks with anti-doeching agencies. >>> two new rules it says should drastically cut down the cases of food poisoning by as maniacy million cases a year. proposed rules focus on how farms here and abroad process produce and set standards on how food is handled. cdc says one out of six americans gets sick from a food-born illness every year, leading t
leon panetta about the pentagon's budget saying the military is being prepared to deal with the worst as a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations which failed to end the process known as sequestration or deep across the board spending cuts. pa n panetta said it can harm our military readiness. >>> the loop is providing good fodder for late night comedians. >> president obama nominated current white house chief of staff jack lew to be the new secretary of the treasury, his signature goes on the right side of the bill and this is jack lew's signature. before he worked at the white house he worked at hostess as a cupcake icer. >> is that your kigt or are you testing to see if the pen works? the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing boing boing boing boing. >> perhaps our future treasury secretary. >> that's so funny. thanks, john, appreciate it. >>> lance armstrong, is he going to admit to doping? he's sitting down with oprah next week, his first interview since he was stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned for life. the rum
of the presidential palace for a rally >>> hamid karzai is conducting high level rounds this week at the pentagon talking about u.s. presence in his country. he will meet with secretary of state clinton later today and president obama tomorrow. >> jerry sandusky back in court today hoping to get his child sex abuse conviction overturned. his attorneys are agoing the court did not give them enough time to prepare for trial. the judge will rule on the appeal at a later date. >>> tomorrow, we'll know if the man accused of a mass shooting inside an aurora colorado movie theater will go on trial. james holmes preliminary hearing ended wednesday, two days earlier than expected. the defense called no witnesses. prosecutors showed several photos taken from his home, including self-portraits and images taken from inside the cinema several weeks before 12 people were killed. casey wian is outside the courtroom in centennial, colorado, with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. earlier, you used the word creepy to describe cell phone photos taken by james holmes that were taken yesterday. th
to be conduct the operations that they've conducted in the past. >> chris lawrence joins us the pentagon. good to see you, chris. former senator chuck hagel, of course, just nominated for secretary of defense, he would be part of this pull-out. he's a guy that was not in favor of the troop surge, has a controversial side to him in that regard. what do we expect from him? >> reporter: basically, michael, wasn't in favor of the surge in iraq, not quite so critical of the surge in afghanistan. it's a big difference. on the surge in iraq, he called it one of the biggest foren policy blunders since vietnam. chuck hagel was part of the planning for the afghanistan surge under president obama. he consulted with the president's national security adviser and when he gave a speech shortly after that surge was announced didn't have much criticism for president obama, said he was approaching the situation very carefully. so that suggests that his position may be a lot more aligned with president obama on afghanistan than it was during the later years of president bush. >> yeah. president karzai, meeting h
stories in a flash. roll em. >> hamid karzai paying a visit to america and the pentagon. the president meeting with defense secretary leon ma pa netta. listen. >> we have sacrificed together. that created a bond that will not be broken in the future. >> two men there discussing the war in afghanistan. it comes as the obama administration considers taking all troops out of the country after next year. it's turning into a rough week for people trying to get to work in new york city. a bus collided with a school bus. this is old bridge in new jersey. at least 17 people on board were injured. two are reported in critical condition. the bus flipped on its side and not carrying any children. the driver was taken to the hospital. the bus crash comes a day after rush hour ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan. there were more than 300 people on board. 85 were injured. one critically. >> all of a sudden it went from going however fast it is going to zero. everybody went this way and then you went this way. >> it felt like you were in a car that ran into a tree. >> no immediate word on th
, obviously, who will be elected the next president of afghanistan. chris lawrence is our pentagon correspondent. chris, hamid karzai did get something very significant from the president of the united states as far as what he sees as his sovereign right. >> that's right. it is getting the prisons that the u.s. military operates turned back over to the afghans and getting the afghan prisoners turned back other to -- >> prisoners being held by the united states in afghanistan or the other nato allies, they will be handed over to the afghans. >> right. as we reported last night, on "the situation room" and earlier today, our sources were telling us, that was what was very important to karzai in terms of sovereignty. he wasn't as caught up on giving sort of the legal protection to u.s. troops. of course we heard him signal to president obama basically he's on board with that, he would get the okay from the afghan people, but in all respects, i think, gloria, you would say he pretty much gave the okay. >> he did. he made it very clear. he said if those issues are resolved, i can go to
do believe that. but one thing i would like to state to the audience is the pentagon, the department of defense, and the obama administration can, right now, put into place that we can be issued military i.d.s. we just can't be issued benefits where there is financial ties to it. so, you know, with a stroke of the pen, this military i.d. could be a nonissue. but back to, you know, your question, you know, the conversation with the group was can you access base, yes, i can, through my caregiver pass. and then initially it was the military i.d. according to their website, according to their facebook, at the time, it said nothing about a military i.d. all it mentioned was a spouse. you know, requirement of being a military spouse. >> so then what's the issue ultimately, you think? >> so, i mean, i believe -- i believe it is because i am in a same sex marriage and i try to, you know, ask the president and the board members to call me so we could discuss this, you know, farther. i never heard anybody. and then i went to, you know, basically the internet and wrote an open letter. and from
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